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  •  they're also hard-core Catholic (8+ / 0-)

    Someone in the Pope's position would want to be guarded by outsiders with no stake in what he's doing.  The Byzantine emperors were guarded by pagan Vikings, while the reason the Swiss Guard exists in the first place was because once upon a time the Swiss were famous for being the best soldiers money could buy ... and Renaissance Italy was so viciously political that mercenaries were seen as practically incorruptible by comparison.

    Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 11:59:49 AM PST

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